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How The Stiff Test/Chiswick Challenge Saved Joy Division’s Career
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How The Stiff Test/Chiswick Challenge Saved Joy Division’s Career

Like ‘The X Factor’ for punks, the Stiff Test/Chiswick Challenge got Joy Division noticed and led to the creation of Factory Records.

“It Urged Us To Carry On”: Remembering Joy Division’s Live Debut In 1978
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“It Urged Us To Carry On”: Remembering Joy Division’s Live Debut In 1978

Ian Curtis was almost banned from the venue, and their support act started a fight, but Joy Division’s live debut birthed the post-punk era.

Still: Why Joy Division’s Archival Collection Continues To Endure
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Still: Why Joy Division’s Archival Collection Continues To Endure

Released following Ian Curtis’ death, ‘Still’ proves that Joy Division’s outtakes and rarities stack up against most bands’ A-grade material.

All The Cold Facts: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Joy Division
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All The Cold Facts: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Joy Division

Think you know everything about these post-punk pioneers? Here are ten Joy Division facts that may surprise you…

Closer: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Joy Division’s Final Album
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Closer: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Joy Division’s Final Album

Hauntingly beautiful, Joy Division’s ‘Closer’ isn’t just a landmark record, it’s a simply timeless work of art.

Ian Curtis: The Art And Influence Of Joy Division’s Iconic Frontman
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Ian Curtis: The Art And Influence Of Joy Division’s Iconic Frontman

Joy Division’s much-missed singer, Ian Curtis, was an unforgettable performer with dextrous lyrical skills which are still unsurpassed.

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Behind Joy Division’s Sublime Signature Hit
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Love Will Tear Us Apart: Behind Joy Division’s Sublime Signature Hit

Though initially overshadowed by Ian Curtis’ tragic suicide, Love Will Tear Us Apart is a truly life-affirming piece of introspective pop.

An Ideal For Living: How Punk’s DIY Ethic Shaped Joy Division’s Sound
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An Ideal For Living: How Punk’s DIY Ethic Shaped Joy Division’s Sound

Though lacking in polish, Joy Division’s debut EP, ‘An Ideal For Living’, nonetheless hinted at future greatness.

Atmosphere: The Story Behind Joy Division’s Spine-Tingling Classic
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Atmosphere: The Story Behind Joy Division’s Spine-Tingling Classic

Hailed as ‘an unbreakable testament to Joy Division’s brilliance’, the rich, evocative Atmosphere stands as the group’s greatest ballad.

Best Peter Hook Basslines: 10 Defining Joy Division And New Order Riffs
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Best Peter Hook Basslines: 10 Defining Joy Division And New Order Riffs

Distinctive and eminently melodic, the best Peter Hook basslines are integral to the sound of his two legendary post-punk outfits.

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